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Doctor insights on: H1n1 Flu Vaccine While On Prednisone

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Could prednisone be taken after flu vaccine?

Could prednisone be taken after flu vaccine?

Wait a week: If possible, it is best to wait one week between the flu shot and taking prednisone. Taking it earlier can suppress the immune system and make the vaccine less effective. ...Read more

Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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How is it that I can get the h1n1 swine flu vaccine if I have an egg allergy?

How is it that I can get the h1n1 swine flu vaccine if I have an egg allergy?

No egg in vaccine: Viruses used to make influenza & MMR vaccines are grown on hen's eggs. The manufacturing process removes all egg from mmr. A few lots of flu vaccine retain traces of egg & may cause problems in patients with egg anaphylaxis. Most such patients can receive flu vaccine with appropriate safety measures either skin testing to vaccine before injection or vaccinating in 2 doses, the 1st a low test dose. ...Read more

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What is the h1n1 vaccine and the flu vaccine mixed into 1 shot?

What is the h1n1 vaccine and the flu vaccine mixed into 1 shot?

H1N1 vaccines : The most recent (last several yrs) have had the h1n1 strain as part of the regular flu shot in the us. ...Read more

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Is it legal to require mandatory h1n1 flu vaccine for healthcare workers?

Is it legal to require mandatory h1n1 flu vaccine for healthcare workers?

Ask an attorney: Is it legal to "hold them down and inject them?" probably not. It is probably, however, legal to restrict them from working in a high risk environment when they are potentially transmitting a dangerous infection to immunocompromised people. You may have your philosophical objection to the vaccination program, but make that "choice" for yourself, not for people who are a risk of dying from it. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if the h1n1 (swine flu) vaccine is the only flu shot available now?

Can someone tell me if the h1n1 (swine flu) vaccine is the only flu shot available now?

Confusing question: The h1n1 is one of three or four strains in the flu vaccine prepared for the 2013-2014 season. It is also the predominant strain responsible for most serious cases of flu this year. The single strain h1n1 flu vaccine was only produces during the 2009 season when the strain emerged in the preseason(april) but was not in the regular vaccine produced that year. ...Read more

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Besides the seasonal flu shot and h1n1 vaccine, are there any other shots I should get?

Besides the seasonal flu shot and h1n1 vaccine, are there any other shots I should get?

Several possible: For an otherwise healthy 33 year old person, you should make sure you have had a tdap and i would recommend the hepatitis b and hepatitis a vaccine series. If you have never had the chickenpox you should be vaccinated for that as well. Some other vaccines may be indicated based on a person's medical history. ...Read more

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Would the swine flu vaccine actually help you?

Would the swine flu vaccine actually help you?

See below: The swine flu was a specific type of h1n1 flu virus. If the type of h1n1 causing disease matches the type in the vaccine, then yes. ...Read more

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What are reasons why not to get the swine flu vaccine?

Vaccinations: Don't get the FLU shot w/o consulting w a DR if you have had Guillain- Barre Syndrome, a history of severe allergic reactions to previous influenza vaccine or chicken eggs, have a current fever (moderate to severe) or are less than 6 months of age. ...Read more

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What are the best alternatives to the swine flu vaccine if you have severe allergies to eggs?

What are the best alternatives to the swine flu vaccine if you have severe allergies to eggs?

Depends on reaction: Many recent reports have documented that flu vaccines have not caused severe allergic reactions when given to egg allergic individuals. Current guidelines advise that only those with history of anaphylaxis associated to eating egg should be referred to a specialist for skin test and if flu vaccine given, done with 30' observation and with graded dosing protocol. ...Read more

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Is there a swine flu vaccine?

Is there a swine flu vaccine?

Which one ?: The general label "swine flu" has been applied to several strains of flu. A vaccine was developed to the H1N1 that circulated in 2009, and included in several seasonal flu shots since that time. Since other strains have also carried this non-specific label, you need to be more specific for a firm answer. ...Read more

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Could you think the swine flu vaccine is safe (as in you won't die if you get the shot?

Think what you will: I believe in it and got it in september when it came in, just like I do every year. There has already been 4 flu deaths in texas this year from flu, and it looks to be a bad season.The vaccine haters spread lots of rumors, but to me the flu is real and deadly, the vaccine is safe. ...Read more

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What happened in 1976 with gbs and the swine flu vaccine?

What happened in 1976 with gbs and the swine flu vaccine?

Sl. increase GBS: Guillian-barre syndrom (gbs) is a rare condition causing weakness and even paralysis. It usually heals well. Getting gbs from a vaccine is extremely rare, but in 1976 a slight increase in gbs occurred in people who got the swine flu vaccine. The CDC monitors for gbs associated with any vaccines closely. You chance of complications of flu are far greater than for gbs. ...Read more

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Experts, might someone recommend giving a swine flu vaccine to an autistic child?

Yes: Modern medicine has few cures. Vaccines have been the most dramatic of treatments that we have. Autism due to vaccinations have been disproven multiple times and the researcher who originally proposed this was found to have fabricated his research. Your pcp should advise as to what vaccines are appropriate. ...Read more

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What are the odds an asthmatic 15 year old will get autism after swine flu vaccine?

What are the odds an asthmatic 15 year old will get autism after swine flu vaccine?

Zero: Regardless of the claims of vaccine haters, this is bunk. The injected flu vaccine is a non living material that stimulates the production of antibodies to specific strains of flu. The worst flu vaccine debacle of years past, occured in ~1977 with a vaccine rushed to production without today's safeguards. Gillian- barre syndrome occurred in some. Today's flu vaccines are safe and effective. ...Read more

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Can there be any danger with the swine flu vaccine?

Vaccine: No greater risk of swine flu than any of the other vaccines that are given. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it still recommended to get a flu shot and the swine flu vaccine?

H1N1 vaccine (swine): The most recent (last 2 yrs) have had the h1n1 strain as part of the regular flu shot in the us. There would be no benefit in seeking out older single strain h1n1. ...Read more

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Can you please list the risks associated with the swine flu vaccine?

Safe to use: Swine flu is related to the strain that caused a world wide pandemic, felt to be the precurser of parkinson's disease in those infected. In more recent times, swine flu vaccine was associated with paralysis and in rare cased death. The current vaccines have not been associated with these problems. Vaccine can prevent swine flu or make the course less severe. ...Read more

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Flu/swine flu vaccine for 10 month old, is it a safe time for this?

Yes: I started giving some to kids over 6 mo starting in september until my supply ran out. Good luck finding some infant doses this late in the season. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more